The Analytical Laboratory Awards

2017 Analytical Laboratory Results

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who voted in our annual poll on the previous year’s issues. Your votes help your favorite writers and artists by rewarding them directly and concretely for outstanding work. They help you by giving us a better feel for what you like and don’t like—which helps us know what to give you in the future.

We have six categories: novellas, novelettes, short stories, fact articles, poems, and covers. In each category, we asked you to list your three favorite items, in descending order of preference. Each first place vote counts as three points, second place two, and third place one. The total number of points for each item is divided by the maximum it could have received (if everyone had ranked it 1) and multiplied by 10. The result is the score listed below, on a scale of 0 (nobody voted for it) to 10 (everybody ranked it first). In practice, scores run lower in categories with many entries than in those with only a few. For comparison, the number in parentheses at the head of each category is the average for that category.


  1. “Nexus,” Michael F. Flynn (12.61)

  2. “The Girls With Kaleidoscope Eyes,” Howard V. Hendrix (12.17)

  3. The Proving Ground,” Alec Nevala-Lee (8.04)

  4. “Native Seeds,” Catherine Wells (7.61)

  5. “Not Far Enough,” Martin L. Shoemaker (7.39)


  1. “For All Mankind,” C. Stuart Hardwick (21.55)

  2. “Europa’s Survivors,” Marianne J. Dyson (13.47)

  3. “My Fifth and Most Exotic Voyage,” Edward M. Lerner (10.78)

  4. “Galleon,” Brian Trent (10.33)

  5. “The Old Man,” Rich Larson (7.63)


  1. “Paradise Regained,” Edward M. Lerner (3.33)

  2. (tie). “Long Haul,” Marie DesJardin (3.11)
    (tie). “Two Hours at Frontier,” Sean McMullen (3.11)

  3. “Time Travel is Only for the Poor,” S.L. Huang (2.89)

  4. (tie). “The Chatter of Monkeys,” Bond Elam (2.22)
    (tie). “Focus,” Gord Sellar (2.22)


  1. “The Quest for the 2:00 Marathon,” Richard A. Lovett (7.21)

  2. “Alien Archeology,” Michael Carroll (6.74)

  3. “Sustainability Lab 101: Cuba as a Simulation of Possible Futures,” Stanley Schimdt (6.28)

  4. “Fatal Starlight,” Paul Fisher (5.12)

  5. “Rendezvous With a Comet: How ESA’s Rosetta Mission is Decoding Ancient Planetary Mysteries” Richard A. Lovett (4.19)

POETRY (4.4)

  1. (tie). “Barriers,” J. Northcutt Jr. (8.13)
    (tie). “Hypothesis/Assertion,” Daniel D. Villani (8.13)

  2. “Space Junk,” Bruce Boston (7.81)

  3. “Quantum Entanglement,” Fred D. White (6.25)

  4. “Theory of Gravity,” Josh Pearce (5.63)

COVER (2.77)

  1. July/August, by Rado Javor (2.36)

  2. May/June, by NASA (2.15)

  3. November/December, by Marianne Plumridge Eggleton (1.96)

  4. (tie). March/April, by Tomislav Tikulin (1.69)
    (tie). January/February, by Kurt Huggins (1.69)

Not to pat myself on the back, but: based purely on the number of letters we recieved that were positively gushing about “Nexus” by Michael F. Flynn, I saw that first-place position coming. The numbers show that all the novellas were well received, but clearly something about Michael’s sprawling multi-genre mash-up really clicked with readers.

I had similar suspicions about C. Stuart Hardwick’s “For All Mankind” in the novelette category, after a strong initial showing from him last year, so I’m going to consider myself two for two here.

Analog regulars are well-represented in the short story category, but I want to point out how well “Time Travel Is Only for the Poor” by newcomer S.L. Huang did; as you likely know, the short story category is hyper-competitive, with many contenders, and third place out of the roughly seventy short stories we published is impressive. Hopefully it bodes well for more from S.L. in the future.

Once again, Richard A. Lovett does well in the fact article category; his enthusiasm when he’s writing about something near and dear, as he does in “The Quest for the 2:00 Marathon,” is palpable.

Love is poetry’s most enduring subject. So naturally one of the tied winning poems—“Hypothesis/Assertion”—is on that theme along with “Quantum Entanglement” and “Theory of Gravity,” third and fourth, respectively. The other two poems are out in space. “Barriers,” tied in first, focuses on space exploration (or its lack), while second place goes to the “Space Junk” man leaves behind.  —EH, Poetry Ed.

Since AnLab votes are so important in encouraging authors and artists to do their best work, and to giving you the kind of magazine you most like to read, we hope to see even more next year. Use our online ballot, e-mail, or “snail mail”! (Remember to be careful to vote in the right category, as listed in the annual index. Sometimes a few votes are wasted by being cast in the wrong category, and those simply can’t be counted. Using our online ballot makes this much less likely.)


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